Lauren Keene

Researchers find prions can trigger ‘stuck’ wine fermentations

A chronic problem in winemaking is “stuck fermentation,” when yeast that should be busily converting grape sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide prematurely shuts down, leaving the remaining sugar to instead be consumed by bacteria that can spoil the wine. A team of researchers including UC Davis yeast geneticist Linda Bisson has discovered a biochemical […]

September 04, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD: Gene mutation for dog heart disease ID’d

Newfoundlands — those massive, furry, black dogs — have captured many a heart with their hallmark size, sweet nature and loyalty. Unfortunately, these gentle giants’ own hearts are all too often afflicted with a potentially lethal congenital disease called subvalvular aortic stenosis, which also affects children and other dog breeds, including the golden retriever. A […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UC Davis, China sign global food-safety agreement

Officials from China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Shaanxi province and from UC Davis signed a memorandum of agreement Wednesday that lays the groundwork for establishing the Sino-U.S. Joint Research Center for Food Safety in China. The signing ceremony was held in the city of Yingchuan, China, during a meeting between high-level officials of the U.S. […]

July 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD dairy training aims to boost Rwandans’ health

In Rwanda, the expression “have milk” — “gira amata” — is not part of a milk-mustachioed marketing campaign. It’s a wish for prosperity.

And prosperity is what a team of UC Davis scientists hopes to help the small African nation achieve, by improving the health and increasing the productivity of its dairy cows.

Dairying is a centuries-old enterprise in Rwanda, but production levels are quite low, and the milk is often contaminated with bacteria that pose health risks for cows and people.

Gene discovery may halt pepper disease

For more than a century, the global hot pepper industry has been dealing with a problem. A funguslike pathogen, known as Phytophthora capsici, has spread a root rot disease that severely diminishes crop yields. Despite highly adaptive management practices and the availability of wild pepper varieties that have evolved resistance, the pathogen continues to thrive. […]

May 23, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Hess to receive UC Davis Medal

Charles E. Hess, longtime dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2014 UC Davis Medal. The award, presented by Chancellor Linda Katehi, is the premier accolade that the campus bestows upon an individual. It recognizes the very highest levels of distinction, personal achievement and contributions to […]

May 28, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD nutrition plan a success with overweight kids

The percentage of overweight or obese children in test schools dropped from 56 percent to 38 percent over the course of a single school year, thanks to a new nutrition program developed and tested in the classroom by UC Davis nutrition researchers. The new program fits into the new Common Core educational standards. “The education […]

May 06, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD-led team conquers pine genome

The massive genome sequence of the loblolly pine — the most commercially important tree species in the United States and the source of most American paper products — has been completed by a nationwide research team, led by a UC Davis scientist. The draft genome — approximately seven times bigger than the human genome — […]

March 26, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Plants, bacteria wage immunity war

Long before nations devised complex military strategies, plants had their own built-in systems for thwarting potential attacks by disease-causing microbes. Two new players in this mutual seek-and-destroy struggle between the plant and microbial worlds have been identified by an international team of researchers, including a UC Davis plant scientist. The journal Science published the finds […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD keeps top worldwide ranking in ag teaching, research

For the second consecutive year, UC Davis ranks No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in the area of agriculture and forestry, according to rankings released Wednesday by QS World University Rankings. The organization — which provides annual rankings in 29 other subject areas — also ranked UCD among the top 15 in […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD to lead $4 M chickpea research project

A new research effort, designed to improve the productivity of chickpea varieties by harnessing the genetic diversity of wild species, was launched this week in Ethiopia through the federal Feed the Future Initiative and under the leadership of UC Davis. Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The new, […]

March 02, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Horse hormone find may aid human pregnancies

Identification of a new pregnancy-supporting hormone in horses has resolved a reproductive mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades, and it may have important implications for sustaining human pregnancies, reports a team of researchers led by a UC Davis veterinary scientist. Characterization of the hormone, dihydroprogesterone, or DHP, may lead the way to better hormone […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Monkeys could teach bankers a thing or two, researchers say

All jokes about monkey business aside, primate social networks provide valuable lessons that could help predict and prevent catastrophes like the global financial crisis of 2008, report UC Davis researchers. The behaviors of captive rhesus macaque monkeys and the banking industry both comprise complex networks. In this study, the researchers propose that crises are sometimes […]

February 12, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Genome sequencing reveals what puts heat in hot peppers

The genome of the hot pepper, the world’s most widely grown spice crop, has been sequenced by a large international team of researchers, including UC Davis scientists. The new reference genome sheds light on the biology of the pepper’s hallmark pungency, or spiciness, as well as its fruit-ripening and disease-resistance mechanisms. It also reveals new […]

January 19, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

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